Kampanya ng pamahalaan vs. online child prostitution, nagpapatuloy

admin   •   January 17, 2014   •   1726

Operations vs Cybersex Ring from April-November 2013 (IACAT)

Operations vs Cybersex Ring from April-November 2013 (IACAT)

MANILA, Philippines — Nagpapatuloy ang kampanya ng pamahalaan laban sa online child prostitution kahit noong wala pa ang malawakang operasyon ng iba’t ibang mga bansa laban sa child sex ring na bumibiktima ng mga kabataang Pilipino.

Ayon kay Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, dati ng may kampanya laban dito ang Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) at ang Cybercrime Division ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

“We have been doing this all along, pero siyempre malaking bagay din yan, nakakatulong yan na may coordinated and intensified efforts also from the foreign authorities,” saad nito.

Sa datos ng IACAT, limang magkakahiwalay na operasyon ang isinagawa sa pangunguna ng Cyber Trafficking Unit sa Metro Manila at Cebu City mula Abril hanggang Nobyembre ng nakalipas na taon.

Nagresulta ito sa pagkaka-rescue ng 22 menor de edad na biktima ng online prostitution at pagkaka-aresto ng anim na mga suspek.

“There have been a number of raids conducted and there is always coordination with other law enforcement agencies of other countries,” pahayag pa ni De Lima.

Aminado rin ang kalihim na may kakulangan sa resources ang gobyerno sa paghahabol ng mga nasa likod ng cybersex

Aniya, “Well, palagi namang kulang ang resources natin ngayon in terms of law enforcement, but there has always been continued support logistically, etc.”

May sarili na ring cybercrime office ang DOJ na tututok sa mga online crime kabilang na ang cyber prostitution.

Ngunit ayon sa kalihim, hindi nila maitodo sa ngayon ang operasyon nito dahil hinihintay pa nila ang desisyon ng Korte Suprema sa legalidad ng Cybercrime Prevention Law. (Roderic Mendoza / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Bill seeking 5-day paid calamity leave for disaster-stricken workers pushed in Senate

Robie de Guzman   •   November 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima has filed a bill seeking to provide a five-day special emergency leave for workers affected by natural calamities.

In filing Senate Bill No. 1123, De Lima proposes to grant disaster-stricken employees special emergency leave with pay.

It shall be made available upon the declaration of a state of calamity by the President or by the local government pursuant to Section 16 of Republic Act 10121.

In the absence of such declaration, the bill states that employers would have the discretion to grant the leave.

“It is incumbent upon the State to allow workers to protect not only themselves and their families but also their properties, in times of natural calamities or disasters,” she said in a statement.

Individuals eligible for a “calamity leave” include those who are either stranded or sick due to typhoons, earthquakes and other natural disasters, as well as those who are taking care of immediate family members or are repairing and cleaning up their damaged house.

To protect both the employer and the employee, De Lima said the availment of calamity leave “shall be limited to the grounds and circumstances, and only upon compliance with the requirements set forth and in conformity with the issued guidelines.”

The senator believes that the proposed measure would both aid Filipinos to stand up after the onslaught of calamities and disasters and provide them a few days of respite to facilitate the resumption of their daily activities.

“The profound environmental effect of natural disasters and/or calamities to the nation is inevitable, and it for that reason this proposed measure seeks to at the very least soften the blow of the unforeseen and the inescapable,” she said.

De Lima issued the statement in the wake of recent earthquakes that devastated parts of Mindanao, leaving more than 20 people dead and destroying thousands of infrastructures.

Panelo dismisses possible US ban on PH officials linked to De Lima detention

Robie de Guzman   •   September 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Monday dismissed the possibility that the United States (U.S.) would prohibit entry to all government officials linked to the detention of opposition Senator Leila de Lima.

Panelo said that while foreign government officials have the right to express their views against the Duterte administration, the two U.S. senators abused their freedom of expression for “criticizing without basis.”

He added that he does not mind being barred from entering the U.S., adding it is not the only place to visit.

The Palace official made the comment when he was asked for a reaction on the move of U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy and Richard Durbin to deny entry to all Philippine officials involved in the detention De Lima, one of President Rodrigo Duterte’s staunchest critics.

READ: US Senate panel OKs amendment to bill barring PH officials involved in De Lima detention

Panelo said the proposal seems to have only been coming from the minority of the U.S. Senate and would still have to go a long way before being passed.

“The views of the two senators are in the minority. Otherwise, some senators would have supported that,” he told reporters in a Palace briefing.

“In other words, that ban would only be effective upon approval of the two houses of the united states,” he added.

Malacañang earlier slammed the Senate panel’s move as a brazen attempt to intrude into the Philippines’ internal affairs.

Panelo also reiterated Monday that De Lima was not wrongfully arrested and detained as she was afforded due process.

“The proposed ban is with reference only to government officials who according to the senator when the state secretary has credible information, look at the word credible information that these officials have something to do with the wrongful, dalawa ang collatila, unang-una can it be credible that these officials have something to do, pangalawa wrongful, hindi nga wrongful imprisonment,” he explained.

Vice President Leni Robredo, meanwhile, welcomed the Senate panel’s move to approve an amendment to a bill seeking to ban entry of Philippine government officials in connection with De Lima’s case.

Robredo said the U.S. has the right to deny anyone from entering its territory.

“Karapatan nila iyon. Pareho din noong karapatan ng China na i-prevent iyong officials natin na papasok. Pwedeng hindi tayo sang-ayon pero hindi siguro natin maipagkakaila na karapatan nila iyon bilang isang bansa,” she said in a statement.

De Lima has been detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame in Quezon since February 2017 for drug-related charges.

The senator has repeatedly denied involvement in the illegal drug trade that allegedly proliferated inside the New Bilibid Prisons during her time as justice secretary.

Palace slams US Senate panel’s attempt to ‘intrude’ on PHL sovereignty

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 27, 2019

Malacañang has condemned the United States Senate Committee’s ‘intrusion’ for approving the proposal to bar government officials involved in Senator Leila de Lima’s imprisonment to enter the United States.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the said move is an attempt to ‘intrude’ into the country’s sovereignty.

“The Palace considers such undertaking as a brazen attempt to intrude into our country’s domestic legal processes given that the subject cases against the detained senator are presently being heard by our local courts,” Panelo said in a statement.

“It seeks to place pressure upon our independent institutions thereby effectively interfering with our nation’s sovereignty,” he added.

Based on the Twitter post of US Senator Dick Durbin, the Senate Appropriations Committee in the US passed the amendment to prohibit entry to Filipino government officials involved in the imprisonment of Senator Leila de Lima.

Panelo added that this is an insult to the competence and capacity of the Philippines’ duly constituted authorities.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)


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